The PICS News Scan is a weekly summary of the major climate-change related science, technology, and policy advances of direct relevance to the BC provincial and Canadian federal governments and more generally to Canadian businesses, government and civil society. Download the news scan for 15 November 2011 (PDF) produced by ISIS, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).

Complementing the news scan is the PICS Briefing Note Service. This service provides timely and concise analysis, as well as suggested policy action, on issues related broadly to BC climate change mitigation and adaptation.

This week’s news scan includes:

Research Theme I: The low carbon emissions economy

  • Fracking impacts on water, hydro power and climate
  • Australian Senate Backs Carbon Tax, Seeks International Links

Research Theme II: Sustainable communities

  • Reducing BC’s reliance on California produce should be a priority, report says
  • Water and energy conflicts in the Intermountain West

Research Theme III: Resilient ecosystems

  • Biodiversity can promote survival on a warming planet, mathematical model shows

Research Theme IV: Social mobilization

  • Survey: US government focus on fossil fuels and nuclear is out of touch with mainstream America